“That is an awfully ‘backwoods’ approach, compared to Steve's far more modern and sophisticated ‘an immaterial agent inside me, somehow, somewhere, does it...or something’".
This was part of Danny’s reply to me, but it’s really a separate issue from the relation between cosmology and Gen 1. So I’ll briefly respond to it in a separate post.
As usual, Danny has no concernment of the position he’s opposing. By definition, an immaterial agent is not “inside” a material compartment.
Being immaterial, it has no dimensions. Being immaterial, it occupies no volume of space.
Rather, a soul has a body, and a body has a soul.
Likewise, the soul uses the body.
If I were to give Danny a ring on his cell phone, I would not be inside his cell phone. Not even my voice would be inside his cell phone.
I would be outside his cell phone, but I would be using his cell phone to communicate with him. He would hear a simulated voice. And the signal would encode my words, while the words would encode my thoughts.
And although I had no direct, physical contact with him, I could make him do something.
Say I were to impersonate his chemistry professor. Suppose I told Danny that I wanted to see him in my office.
My mind would reach out to Danny through this indirect material medium and thereby make something happen.